Maritime Boundary Disputes, Settlement Processes, and the Law of the Sea


Editor: Jon M. van Dyke
A surprising number of maritime boundaries remain unresolved, and a range of reasons can be cited to explain why the process of delimiting these boundaries has been so slow. This volume addresses and analyzes some of these reasons, focusing on some of the volatile disputes in Northeast Asia and in North America. Scholars from Asia, the United States, and Europe grapple with festering controversies and apply insights gained from resolved disputes to those that remain unresolved. Islands continue to haunt this process, and the way in which they should affect maritime boundaries remains in dispute. The United States has a number of disputed boundaries with its neighbors to the north and south, and these are examined. Antarctica is a concern of all nations, and the regimes governing the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica are analyzed. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea was created to allow countries to resolve their disputes peacefully, and two chapters look at how this new court is operating. The impact of sea-level rise on maritime boundaries is given special attention in the opening chapter. This volume presents a wonderful collection of provocative chapters written by the top scholars in the field of International Ocean Law. It should help scholars, students, and decision makers to understand the current state of this field and to move some of the difficult disputes toward resolution.
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Biographical Note

Seoung-Yong Hong served as the President of Inha University, Incheon, Korea, 2002-2008. He was Vice Minister of Korea’s Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, 1999-2002; President of the Korea Maritime Institute 1997-1999; and Director of the Ocean Policy Center for the Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute 1982-1995. Jon M. Van Dyke is Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he has taught since 1976, and is also Global Ocean Fellow at Inha University, Incheon, Korea. He has written widely on issues related to ocean law and international environmental law.

Review Quote

"The book... adds more thoughts and insights in the discussion of law of the sea issues." Prof. Nien-Tsu Alfred Hu, Ph.D., Ocean Yearbook 25

Table of contents

PREFACE Harry N. Scheiber and David D. Caron, Co-Directors, Law of the Sea Institute, University of California at Berkeley ACKNOWLEDGMENTS INTRODUCTION Seoung-Yong Hong and Jon M. Van Dyke I. Climate Change, Sea Level Rise and the Coming Uncertainty in Oceanic Boundaries: A Proposal to Avoid Conflict David D. Caron II. The Trouble with Islands: Th e Defi nition and Role of Islands and Rocks in Maritime Boundary delimitation Clive Schofield III. Disputes Over Islands and Maritime Boundaries in East Asia Jon M. Van Dyke IV. Sino-Japanese Jurisdictional Delimitation in East China Sea: Approaches to Dispute Settlement Ji Guoxing V. Some Thoughts on Maritime Boundary Delimitation Masahiro Miyoshi VI. Intertemporal Law, Recent Judgments and Territorial Disputes in Asia Seokwoo Lee VII. Some Legal Aspects of Territorial Disputes over Islands Kentaro Serita VIII. Okinotorishima: A “Rock” or an “Island”? Recent Maritime Boundary Controversy between Japan and Taiwan/China Yann-huei Song IX. Canada-U.S. International Ocean Law Relations in the North Pacific: Disputes, Agreements and Cooperation Ted L. McDorman X. Maritime Boundary Delimitation and Cooperative Management of Transboundary Hydrocarbons in the Ultra-Deepwaters of the Gulf of Mexico Richard J. McLaughlin XI. The Law of the Sea Convention and the Antarctic Treaty System: Constraints or Complementarity? Marcus Haward XII. The Contribution of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to International Law Helmut Tuerk XIII. The Tomimaru Case: Confiscation and Prompt Release Bernard H. Oxman INDEX